- Central Region, Singapore
The Central Region of
Singaporeis one of the five regions in the city-state. Comprising 13,150 hectares of land area [ [http://www.ura.gov.sg/DMP2008/central.htm http://www.ura.gov.sg/DMP2008/central.htm] ] , it includes 11 Planning Areas within the Central Areawhich is the immediate vicinity of the Singapore's central business district, as well as another 11 more outside it.
Although the Central Area is by nature chiefly commercial, especially the area in the
Downtown Core, it also includes 335,400 residential housingunits [ [http://www.ura.gov.sg/DMP2008/central.htm http://www.ura.gov.sg/DMP2008/central.htm] ] of various types, ranging from HDB flats to more exclusiveforms of private housing, such as bungalows, which are a status symbolbecause land is expensive. There are also 1000 hectares of green spaces, including parks, gardens and other recreational spaces linked by 19km of park connectors, which were built in order to make this area aesthetically pleasing.
Planning considerations for the
Singapore Master Plan 2003involving the Central Region took into consideration its existing strengths. Besides being the undisputed core area for business and entertainment in the city, it contains districts steeped in history, various housing types, and numerous institutions for education and community life. Despite the highly built-up character, it still boasts a rich variety of parks, open spaces, and other recreational areas. It is also well connected to the rest of the city though extensive road and rail connections, plus an international gateway to the world via the Maritime ports.
More can be done to maximise these strengths. The
Urban Redevelopment Authorityenvisages the introduction of more homes of various types to the area, particularly in the downtown corewhich has been overwhelmingly commercial for the past decades. Supporting institutions and transport networks should then be upgraded or introduced to cater to the rising resident population in the area.
In terms of business, the
New Downtown@Marina Baywill be developed into a thriving extension of the existing central business district. To encourage greater land use flexibility, new business zones and white zones will be introduced. Business and research activities will be promoted at the new one-northand medical park within the grounds of the Singapore General Hospitalat Outram Park.
For recreation, plans were made to further extend
park connectors to new and existing parks in the region. New sporting facilities will be introduced, such as the redevelopment of the Kallang Sports Hub. Building conservation will continue to be enforced, and nodes for nidge activities will be provided for the masses. Plans for spaces catering specifically for youth activities near Orchard Roadare a case in point.
Urban planning areas in Central Region
Central Area, Singapore
* [http://www.ura.gov.sg/ppd/mp2003/index.jsp?content=central®ion=central Central Region, Singapore]
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